Being kind to yourself: selfishness by another name?

Maybe sometimes it is, but is that so bad? The word ‘selfish’ is nearly always used pejoratively to mean someone that is self obsessed, concerned with their own profit or pleasure and unconcerned about others.  I’m not advocating naval gazing obsession with ourselves at all times, but I think spending energy focused on what brings … Continue reading Being kind to yourself: selfishness by another name?

Acquiring a diagnosis

I recently acquired a diagnosis for a lifelong physical impairment. It has me reflecting on how I have previously dealt with the emotional and psychological elements of being diagnosed. Obviously, this differs greatly depending on how drawn out the process is, how medicalised it is, your own predisposition towards the medical establishment, how much you … Continue reading Acquiring a diagnosis

The power of bystander intervention in domestic violence

Content warning: This post is about domestic violence and contains personal stories that could be triggering or upsetting to some people. Someone died, and I knew it was time to write this. She wasn't a friend of mine, but she was a friend of a friend. Too close for comfort. She was killed by her … Continue reading The power of bystander intervention in domestic violence